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Watching a world-renowned director masturbate can’t get much closer to the experience than Zack Snyder’s Justice League . The filmmaker, known for his opulent, stylized slow-motion scenes, actually got a chance from Studio Warner to finish the DC event the way he wanted it.
Snyder and his fans, who had been campaigning for the release of the Justice League director’s cut for years, benefited from the streaming boom. Zack Snyder’s Justice League, currently on Netflix in Germany , was waved through as much-needed content for HBO Max , and Snyder did what was expected of him in the situation: delivered an unprecedentedly excessive DC orgy.
This Justice League is a doomsday film devoid of any suspense or sense of existential menace, but the director downright revels in his scenes, many of which feel twice as long as they need to be.
At one point in the movie there’s a long action sequence with the Flash (Ezra Miller), his lightning-fast movements rendered in slow motion for us non-superhumans, and that’s pretty much how the whole movie felt to me, to Snyder and his fans was a festival. But at the end I suddenly found my way back into “Zack Snyder’s Justice League”.
Batman & Joker in the apocalypse
Batman (Ben Affleck) has a bad dream: In a dusty, broken future, he and other characters set out together to confront a Superman (Henry Cavill) who has become a menace after the death of Lois Lane. The Dark Knight has to cooperate with his nemesis, the Joker (Jared Leto).
In this short sequence, as awkwardly as it fits into the film with its was-everything-just-a-dream resolution, there is more tension and friction than in the entire four hours before. Not for a second was I given the feeling that the end of the world was imminent, and not for a second did I get the impression of real differences between the characters who come together to save the world.
Snyder’s film, with its aesthetic of iconic poses and painterly panoramas, feels like a four-hour promotional clip for the Justice League, which I’m supposed to admire as a viewer rather than being invited to be a part of their adventure. In terms of dramaturgy, the film is a straight line with no highlights.
But in Batman’s vision, Justice League suddenly and briefly becomes an immediate experience. How desperate must the situation be when the earth has become a Mad Max-esque hell where our heroes and heroines are the last resort against Evil Superman , even taking the Joker with them?
“Justice League 2” is not impossible, but unlikely
The nightmare sequence is a teaser to a movie I’d really like to see. But it remains questionable why Zack Snyder installed the scene at all.
Before his unexpected work on the Snyder cut, he had already got another plan rolling that would tie him to Netflix for the next few years and had nothing to do with superheroes. He is working on the Army Of The Dead series and is directing a Star Wars-esque sci-fi film for the streaming service. There doesn’t seem to be any time for ” Justice League 2 “.
Apart from the fact that cyborg actor Ray Fisher never wants to work with DC film boss Walter Hamada again and it is more than questionable whether Studio Warner has a 200 million dollar budget for “Justice League 2” by Zack Snyder would make easy . Apparently, the number of views for “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” was too low. Organized fans can persuade a studio to make a film, but they don’t automatically make the film a hit.
If I didn’t quite like Zack Snyder as a filmmaker – and despite everything – I would have to be angry with him now: The only scene that I really liked in his “Justice League” and that promises a strong film turns out to be empty promise.
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